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The Chief of The Ottawa Fire Services

The Ottawa Fire Service (OFS) has been kept busy this winter. News reports about area fires have been plentiful. It is a mammoth challenge for the firefighters working to keep our community free of fire devastation. The responsibility falls directly on the shoulders of Ottawa’s Fire Chief, Gerry Pingitore. Mary Cook talked with Chief Pingitore...
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Deciding who to hire for your renovation

(NC) You’ve been planning your home renovation for months, attended all the home shows and spent countless hours online looking at inspiration boards and photos. You’ve also interviewed numerous contractors, checked their references and received written price quotes from those you are interested in hiring. Now it’s time to decide who will be doing the
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Snow days: Get out and enjoy winter

By Katharine Fletcher During winter’s days of snowdrifts and sunshine, many outdoorsy events and activities beckon. Sure it may be cold outside, as anyone who’s survived our December and early January deep freeze can attest. But winter also brings with it some glorious days where if we bundle up, we will thoroughly enjoy being outside.
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108 years and going strong!

Presenting current issues and celebrating Canadian History and Culture By The Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club In this era of quick fixes and disposable everything, isn’t it reassuring to know that some things can stand the test of time?  The Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club (OWCC) is proud of its history and contribution to Ottawa and Canada
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Multi-faceted, fun Mont Tremblant

  By Katharine Fletcher I bet you’ve heard of Mont Tremblant because it’s an all-year resort which in winter is a favourite magnet for downhill boarders and skiers. Also, because it’s only an hour and 45 minutes (153 km) from Ottawa, the ski hills of this destination resort are oh-so-close to us here in the
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Arts & Entertainment

Reflections, The Best Job in the World

By Jayne Rooney Ottawa and the Valley’s favourite storyteller has just released her 12th book. Readers of Y@H and her many fans know and love Mary Cook’s stories of growing up in the ‘30s.  She started her career as a broadcaster with the CBC and went on to become a columnist, author and sought-after speaker.
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Mary Cook's Memories of the '30s

The Bobcat in the privy

By Mary Cook Emerson knew I was terrified of going out to the privy alone at night.  Especially if it was cold in the bargain.  Often my sister Audrey could be persuaded to go with me, but sometimes she was busy with something else, and I was left to my own devices … to shudder
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Top facts about the regulation of charities

By The Canada Revenue Agency Charities play an important role in our society and provide valuable services to Canadians – including the most vulnerable. That is why the Government of Canada supports charities through unique tax privileges, such as an exemption from income tax and the ability to issue official donation receipts and receive gifts
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Healthy Living

Beat the cold and pamper yourself

By Lisa M. Petsche The cold temperatures and limited daylight of winter keep many people indoors and at home more often than they would like. The result for some is a case of the winter blues. Here are some tips to help you get past them. Find little things that cheer you • Treat yourself
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Food and Nutrition

Sweeten up your life with beans

You know you should eat more beans, but you’d rather save room for dessert. With this delectable bean pudding with butterscotch sauce from the Ontario Bean Growers you can do both. Sweetening the deal is that it contains 10g of protein and 4.7g of fibre per serving. Bean Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce Prep time: 20
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